Ramsey on Josh Allen: ‘I definitely thought he was the best player in the draft’

Jaguars rookie LB Josh Allen comes to the team with a lot of expectations. Allen was seventh overall pick by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and in his last season at Kentucky, Allen had a team-high 88 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 21.5 TFL, and five forced fumbles, earning consensus first-team All-America honors, SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Allen’s 17.0 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a single season since the NCAA started official sack records in 2000 and he ranked second nationally in sacks, fourth in fumbles forced and sixth in TFL.

Allen’s ability to get after the quarterback is something the Jaguars can use, and according to Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey, Allen has the ability to be a special player.

“I watched him in college, and I thought he was a dog,” Ramsey recently said about Allen. “I thought he was a good player and I guess he was on his visit or something here and he mentioned me in one of his stories and I saw it. I DM’d him back. I definitely thought he was the best player in the draft. I got to see him when he was in Orlando for the bowl game, and he had like 4.0 sacks. Then after the game, just his swag and his whole demeanor about it, he was like, ‘If I’m not the No. 1 overall pick, I don’t know who will be.’ That sh** just … Yeah, that’s me right there. You all know, I love that. That type of mentality as well as actually putting it out there on the field, that’s what I’m all about. I think he will fit in well. I hope he can get healthy; I don’t know what all is going on with that.”

Allen has been slowed during minicamp with a knee injury, but if healthy, he should help. Jacksonville amassed 37 sacks last season, which was tied for 22nd in the league, so if Allen has the goods, that Jacksonville pass rush should be stable for years to come.

Photo/courtesy: Jacksonville Jaguars

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Giants sign rookies DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence

The Giants announced that defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and cornerback DeAndre Baker – two of their three first-round draft choices – today signed their first NFL contracts. The team has signed eight of its 10 selections in the 2019 draft.

The two players who have yet to conclude their contract negotiations are quarterback Daniel Jones, the sixth overall choice, and Oshane Ximines, the outside linebacker selected in the third round, 95th overall.

Lawrence, 6-4 and 342 pounds, was the 17th overall selection. In three seasons at Clemson, he played in 40 games with 36 starts and was a three-time All-ACC selection and two-time national champion. One of the nation’s dominant defensive tackles, his career totals included 145 tackles (74 solo) 19.0 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, five passes defensed, one interception, and 43 quarterback pressures.

In 2018, Lawrence was a first-team American Football Coaches Association All-America and first‐team All‐ACC selection. He started all 13 games in which he played for the national champion Tigers and was credited with 44 tackles (30 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 15 quarterback pressures. Lawrence also blocked one kick and score one rushing touchdown.

Baker, 5-11 and 189 pounds, played in 51 games with 34 starts at right cornerback in four seasons at Georgia. His statistics included 116 tackles (83 solo), seven interceptions which he returned for 145 yards (20.7-yard avg.), 24 pass breakups, four tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

As a senior in 2018, Baker received the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive back. He was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player. Baker was selected first-team All-America by the AP, ESPN.com, AFCA, SI.com, and Walter Camp, and first-team All-SEC by the AP and the league’s coaches. He started all 13 games and was credited with 40 tackles (career-high 31 solo), a team-high two interceptions, a career-high 10 pass breakups, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Article/courtesy: Michael Eisen

Vikings’ Zimmer: ‘I think Kirk [Cousins] had a really good spring’

Year 2 for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in Minnesota is a big one. Last season, Cousins came to Minnesota with the hope that he can be the team’s franchise QB, and anytime you sign a three-year, $84 million deal, the expectations are going to be very high.

Unfortunately, the Vikings missed the playoffs last season. When you are the quarterback, you get too much of the credit, and you get too much of the blame, which was the case for Cousins last season. Fortunately, for Cousins, he has another chance to right the ship, and it seems he is off to a good start.

On Thursday, the Vikings concluded mandatory minicamp, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was pleased about what he saw out of Cousins this spring.

“I think Kirk [Cousins] had a really good spring,” Zimmer said. “I think he did some really good things and some of the things that we felt like he needed to work on, he was working on them. We gave him a lot of different looks, things that people attacked us with their defenses last year.

“We put some stuff in just so we can get some earlier looks at it and not wait until Week One when we’re playing Atlanta or whatever. It’s like every player, there’s certain ways you want things done, and you’re going to coach them into doing those things. They’re all really receptive to coaching and the way that you try to get them better, and that’s really what we try to do with everybody.”

Cousins(4298 passing yards, 30 TDs) was not bad for the Vikings last season. However, he is 34-37-2 as a starter, and Minnesota was 8-7-1 last season. So, after seven seasons in the NFL, is Cousins better than average or is he the epitome of average.

We’ll answer that question sometime in 2019.

Eagles’ Pederson: ‘I’ve seen that excitement and that chip, so to speak, on the guys’ shoulder’

For a good portion of the 2018 season, the Philadelphia Eagles had some struggles as they tried to defend their Super Bowl title, and after ten games, the Eagles were 4-6, and at that point, the playoffs seemed like a long shot.

However, Philly was able to win five of their final six games of the season, and with a little help from the Bears(beat Vikings in Week 17), the Eagles were able to make the playoffs. Philly would beat Chicago in the Wild Card Round but would lose heartbreakingly to the Saints in the Divisional Round.

On Wednesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed last season and how that might help the team this season.

“I kind of mentioned I think the other day that these guys were disappointed in how our season ended,” Pederson said. “They felt like we were really kind of catching our stride again late in the year. Disappointed on how we finished our season so close to potentially moving on and being in the NFC championship game.

“It was unfortunate we lost that game. I think it resonates with players, and that was my message at the end of the season when we sat here in January was: We have to remember these moments, remember these times because that’s what’s going to make us stronger in the future.

“I’ve seen that excitement and that chip, so to speak, on the guys’ shoulders, and they’re working hard. They’re all building towards the regular season.

“Now, it’s a long season; we understand that. One-game-at-a-time mentality. But there is a little different vibe with the guys this off-season that’s been very positive.”

It’s hard to repeat in the NFL, and it did seem at times that Philly had a little hangover, but the way things ended last season, might propel the Eagles to greater heights moving forward. The talent seems to be there, and on paper, this team looks like it can make some noise 2019, but as we all know, you don’t win games on paper.

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph talks new contract

The Minnesota Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a four-year deal worth $36 million.

When Minnesota drafted Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round, many thought Rudolph could be traded. However, that did not happen, and Rudolph will be in Minnesota for the next few years.

On Monday, as the Vikings begin mandatory minicamp, Rudolph discussed his new deal with the club:

Q: When did it start to feel like a new deal was close enough to actually happen?

Rudolph: Over this weekend, and like he [Rick Spielman] said, last night we agreed to terms.

Q: You and many other players have chosen to stay in Minnesota despite the possibility of leaving to play elsewhere. How much of that is to do with the team’s win-now mentality here in Minnesota?

Rudolph: I think it certainly embodies the winning now mentality, but to me it just embodies the mentality of how much they care about winning, period. They [The Wilf family] came to this organization a little over 12 years ago with one goal, and that was to win a championship. All the stuff that they’ve done since is falling in place with that goal. Certainly we want to win now, that’s not going to change, but with their leadership, they’re providing us every resource imaginable to win now but also to win for a long time.

Q: Were there points during this process where you thought you wouldn’t be back in Minnesota this season?

Rudolph: No, not at all. Like I said, throughout this whole process rumors are spread, but my wife Jordan and I knew all along that we were going to end up back here. Like I said, Rob [Brzezinski] and my agents worked long hours to make sure that there was a way to get this done, and I’m excited it’s behind me. I mentioned last night that I have unfinished business, and that business is bringing the first championship here to this organization and to the state of Minnesota. That’s my only goal at this point. Being the best leader and best football player that I can be so that this team can win a championship, and we can do something that’s never been done in this organization.

Q: How difficult is it to balance the business side of things, like avoiding a contract that would be bad for you, and being a good teammate and a good employee of this team?

Rudolph: It’s difficult if you don’t have people in your corner that you trust. I mentioned it a couple of times, it was easy for me to come out here every day and focus on football because I have two agents that I trusted and I play for an organization that I trust. I knew that Rob had my family and my best interests in mind and I knew my agents had my best interests in mind, so that allowed me to come out here every day and just focus on becoming a better football player and helping this offense get a little better so we can win a championship, and knowing that at some point I’d be standing up here and it’d all be finished.

Q: With that said, it has to be a bit of a relief to get it done now.

Rudolph: I think the biggest thing I’m relieved of is that I won’t be all of your guys’ headlines for the rest of the summer. I’m not used to being that guy in the headlines, so I apologize, now you’ll have to have something else to write about for the rest of the summer. I’m certainly excited that this is behind us and now I can just focus on football. I can focus on being a leader of this football team and doing everything I can to make sure that we’re the first. That’s my only goal, I want to be a part of the first team to win a championship here. We got a taste of it two years ago. When we got close, you got a feel for how important that would be to this state, to this community, to this fan base. Certainly to every player and employee of this organization, but Rob and I were talking this morning, that as important it is for all of us to win [a championship] for us, it’s equally important to win it for this community and for this state, because they deserve it.

Q: Besides the football, how much of a factor do you think your leadership and off of the field involvement played in your contract extension?

Rudolph: Well I think the community, and I mentioned that this is home now for us, played a big part in it. I certainly could have just played out this year and tested free agency and maybe got more money, but that’s not what it was about. I want to be a part of this organization, and nine years ago a guy by the name of Jim Kleinsasser, who was in his 13th year here in Minnesota, talked to me about how throughout his career he had a couple opportunities to make more money elsewhere, but he stayed here because of this organization and because of the state of Minnesota. Now, nine years in and under contract through my 13th year, I hope I’m the same way. It’s important for us, although maybe we left a little bit of money on the table by not going to free agency, I don’t care about that. It’s about being here in the state of Minnesota, playing for this team, being in the color purple that I love and I’m comfortable in, and having my family here in this community.

Q: There also seems to be unfinished business for you personally, being that you’re under 30 years old and still can play. What was the groundswell for that?

Rudolph: Absolutely. I’m under contract for the next five years, and I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that the next five years are better than my last five. I feel like I have a lot of good football left in me, and I feel like this team is just starting to scratch the surface, especially on the offensive side of the ball. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen over the last 11 practices, and the way that these guys come to work every day, the way that our staff prepares us, the new system, the guys that we have in that locker room. There’s a reason why people come back to this organization. There’s a reason why Anthony Barr left more money on the table. There’s a reason why I had no interest in testing free agency. It’s because of the culture that we’ve established around here. Culture is what ultimately brings championships. In this league the talent level is so even across the 32 teams, and if you don’t have good culture then you don’t have a chance. We have the culture here, and I’m really excited for this upcoming season.

Q: How much do you think about how long you’d like to play, being that players don’t often get their wish in this league?

Rudolph: I feel better now from a physical standpoint now at 29 than I did at 21. You just learn how to take care of your body, you know what your body needs throughout the course of an offseason to become a better football player, but to also prepare yourself for that season. You learn week by week in season what your body needs to be ready to play on Sundays. I joked about it in the opening press conference this offseason, something about the golf analogy of not being on the back nine yet. Tony Gonzalez played for 17 years, and he set the pole. I’m going to try and play as long as I can, and like I said, at this point my focus is becoming a better football player now and doing everything I can to help this offense get a little better and bring that first championship to the state of Minnesota.

Q: How do you feel knowing that you signing this extension can help the Vikings from salary cap standpoint?

Rudolph: The numbers side obviously speaks for itself. I’ve lowered the cap number, and now we have wiggle room throughout the course of the season, which obviously everyone knows is necessary. I’m glad that worked out as well.

Raiders to be featured on “Hard Knocks”

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Raiders team up for an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERS kicks off its five-episode season this summer. Spotlighting this AFC West franchise that has an intriguing mix of established veterans, highly regarded rookie hopefuls and free-agent acquisitions under head coach Jon Gruden, the 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning series debuts TUESDAY, AUG. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, with encore plays Wednesday nights, culminating in the Sept. 3 season finale.

HARD KNOCKS will also be available on HBO on Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partners’ streaming platforms.

“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, HARD KNOCKS with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.

“Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in League history,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover.  “We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with Coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of Hard Knocks.”

Camera crews will head to the Bay area in the next few weeks to begin filming, with the action heating up in August when the cinema verité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches. HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERS will chronicle head coach Jon Gruden entering his second season leading the team, assistant coaches and players throughout training camp and the preseason.

The Raiders compete in the highly-competitive AFC West, where they maintain an intense rivalry with each of their opponents and have their sights set on ascending in the standings. Each week, viewers will get an inside look as players experience the daily rigors of an NFL training camp. Cameras will document hours of conditioning practices and meetings, while chronicling players as they compete for a roster spot and bond off the field.

“Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis.

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be in Raiders’ training camp in Napa Valley, shooting more than 1,750 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

No other sports reality series can match the production excellence, critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by HARD KNOCKS, which has produced 67 memorable episodes and one anniversary special in its first 13 seasons. Episodes have averaged 3.9 million viewers over the past four seasons.

Winner of 18 Sports Emmy® Awards to date, HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, subsequently spotlighting the Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and Los Angeles Rams (2016). The 2017 edition chronicled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Serialized Documentary. The widely acclaimed series on the Cleveland Browns in 2018 earned two Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence. HARD KNOCKS has won a Sports Emmy®every year it has aired since 2008.

Seven of the last nine teams featured on HARD KNOCKS have equaled or improved their win-loss record in the regular season. The Cleveland Browns launched the transformation of their organization last summer on HBO and went from a winless season to coming within half a game (7-8-1) of a .500 campaign.

Jalen Ramsey: ‘I feel I have earned a new contract’

Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey was hoping for a new contract this offseason, but according to Ramsey, that will not be happening this year.

In April, Jacksonville exercised the fifth-year option on Ramsey’s contract, which means he will be under contract until 2020. Ramsey is scheduled to make $3.6 million in 2019.

Entering his fourth season in the league, Ramsey, 24, has established himself as one the better corners in the league, and while Ramsey made the Pro Bowl last season, he was not as good as he was in 2017. However, he still one of the best corners in football.

Today, Ramsey addressed his contract situation as the Jaguars begin mandatory minicamp.

(On his contract)

Ramsey: “It is something that we have expressed of course and kind of got into. I let my agent talk to the [Jaguars] and they have had dialogue of course. As far as I know, I’ve been let know that I will not be getting a contract extension. I will not be getting a contract extension this year. You all take that however you may want to take that, but I’m excited to be … As long as I’m a part of this organization, as long as I’m part of Duval County, I’m going to give the city and the players all I’ve got. I think you all know that. I have fought through injuries. I have fought through everything. I have not missed a game. I think I am in a similar situation as Yann as far as I have outplayed my rookie contract, and I feel I have earned a new contract, but at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. I am tremendously blessed. I am so blessed that I am not down or anything like that at all. That is the circumstance. That is what I have been told.”

(On the Jaguars not having the money to extend his contract right now)

Ramsey: “The money is always there my guy. The money is always there, but like I said, that is all I will say about it. I am happy to be here. I want to be a part of the team, but [a contract extension] won’t happen this year. I will just say that.”

(On his expectations for the secondary with them having more time together) “Do we [have more time together]? What do you mean? It is my second year with D.J. [Hayden]. Me and A.J. [Bouye] will have played with each other for three [years]. This will be two for D.J. We have two new safeties, that will be secondary included. We have not played with them yet in a game. Corners, yes, but it is a whole collective thing as a secondary. We have to work with the safeties. It will be good though. We are early on in the year. It is June 11. We have a long way to go before September, even before training camp. We are going to have these couple days and then we are going to go on a long break. This is just the beginning. Today, I feel like it went good. This is just the beginning.”

(On if he has to have more of a leadership role with Tashaun Gipson Sr. no longer with the team) “I don’t. I think the [other players] are equipped to fill in and do their jobs well. To be honest, it’s my first day here. I do not know who will be in the secondary doing the speeches and breaking us down. I don’t know. It will not be. That is just not me. It doesn’t matter how much someone tries to force it on me. It is just not me. I have never done it since I have been here. It was ‘Gip’ in the past. Of course, I miss Gip. It will be somebody. Somebody will want to do that. Somebody will step into that role. I know Ronnie might. I don’t know. It’s my first day here.”

Wentz discusses the bible scripture that helps him get through the tough times

For Eagles QB Carson Wentz, the past two seasons have been challenging. In 2017, he was having an MVP caliber year before tearing his ACL late in the season, and in 2018, Wentz went down with a back injury that caused him to miss the last three games of the regular season, and the playoffs. The adversity continued for Wentz in the offseason as a report surfaced that questioned Wentz as a leader.

However, through it all, Wentz used his faith to help him through the tough times, and more specifically, he used a particular scripture from the bible.

“I have Proverbs 3:5-6 on my bicep, and it says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,'” Wentz said on Friday before his 2nd annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game. “For me, that comes to life, a lot more in certain, different circumstances.

“Going through injuries the last past few years, that really hits me hard and saying, ‘This life isn’t mine, it’s borrowed. I’m just surrendering control to him, and it’s cool to have a couple others on my body but to just have those reminders for me to realize it’s not about me, it’s about living for Christ first. It’s definitely challenging, but the word just always comes to life to me at different times.”

Wentz has a lot to prove, and with the talent that he has around him, and the ability he has shown in first three years of his career, don’t be surprised if he has a big year in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 NFL Preseason Dates, Times announced

Games in Canada and Hawaii, along with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, highlight the 2019 preseason schedule, announced today by the NFL.

In a rematch of Super Bowl II, the Oakland Raiders will play the Green Bay Packers at IG Field in Winnipeg, Canada, on August 22. The Raiders, who also play the Chicago Bears in London October 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will become the first NFL team to play in three nations during the same season.The defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will meet the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 17.

Two weeks earlier, on Thursday, August 1, the Denver Broncos meet the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, kicking off a weekend of celebrations that include the enshrinements of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, and former Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.The 2019 preseason schedule was announced April 9 without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

The complete 2019 NFL preseason schedule is listed below:

2019 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(Games grouped by start times and listed alphabetically by home team)

 

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – August 1

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
+Thursday Aug. 1 Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos 8:00pm 8:00pm NBC
 

Week 1 – August 8-10

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET  
Thursday Aug. 8 Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm 10:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm 10:00pm
Friday Aug. 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 9 Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 5:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers 6:00pm 9:00pm
Week 2 – August 15-19

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 15 Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 15 New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 5:00pm 8:00pm ESPN
Friday Aug. 16 Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm 7:00pm
Friday Aug. 16 Chicago Bears at New York Giants 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 16 Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts 4:00pm 4:00pm
Saturday Aug. 17 New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans 6:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Detroit Lions at Houston Texans 7:00pm 8:00pm
*Saturday Aug. 17 Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams 4:00pm 10:00pm  
Sunday Aug. 18 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 1:00pm 4:00pm CBS
Sunday Aug. 18 Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm 8:00pm FOX
Monday Aug. 19 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos 6:00pm 8:00pm ESPN
Week 3 – August 22-25

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 22 New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins 8:00pm 8:00pm FOX
#Thursday Aug. 22 Green Bay Packers vs Oakland Raiders 7:00pm 8:00pm  
Friday Aug. 23 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 23 Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions 8:00pm 8:00pm CBS
Saturday Aug. 24 Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings 12:00pm 1:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 New Orleans Saints at New York Jets 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 24 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams 6:00pm 9:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm 10:00pm
Sunday Aug. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans 7:00pm 8:00pm NBC
     
Week 4 – August 29

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET  
Thursday Aug. 29 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Tennessee Titans at Chicago Bears 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00pm 9:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm 10:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm 10:00pm

 

+–Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; Canton, Ohio     *–Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii     #–IG Field; Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

2019 AFC EAST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
BUFFALO BILLS ET NAT. TV MIAMI DOLPHINS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm Aug. 8 Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 16 at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm Aug. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 23 at Detroit Lions 8:00pm CBS Aug. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00pm FOX
Aug. 29 Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm Aug. 29 at New Orleans Saints 8:00pm
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ET NAT. TV NEW YORK JETS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Detroit Lions 7:30pm Aug. 8 at New York Giants 7:00pm
Aug. 17 at Tennessee Titans 7:00pm Aug. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Carolina Panthers 7:30pm Aug. 24 New Orleans Saints 7:30pm
Aug. 29 New York Giants 7:30pm Aug. 29 Philadelphia Eagles 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC NORTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
BALTIMORE RAVENS ET NAT. TV CINCINNATI BENGALS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30pm Aug. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm
Aug. 15 Green Bay Packers 7:30pm Aug. 15 at Washington Redskins 7:30pm
Aug. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm Aug. 22 New York Giants 7:00pm
Aug. 29 at Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 29 Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm
               
       
CLEVELAND BROWNS ET NAT. TV PITTSBURGH STEELERS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 17 at Indianapolis Colts 4:00pm Aug. 17 Kansas City Chiefs 7:30pm
Aug. 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm Aug. 25 at Tennessee Titans 8:00pm NBC
Aug. 29 Detroit Lions 7:30pm Aug. 29 at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC SOUTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
HOUSTON TEXANS CT NAT. TV INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm Aug. 8 at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 17 Detroit Lions 7:00pm Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns 4:00pm
Aug. 24 at Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm Aug. 24 Chicago Bears 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Rams 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
     
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS ET NAT. TV TENNESSEE TITANS CT NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm Aug. 8 at Philadelphia Eagles 6:30pm
Aug. 15 Philadelphia Eagles 7:00pm Aug. 17 New England Patriots 6:00pm
Aug. 22 at Miami Dolphins 8:00pm FOX Aug. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers 7:00pm NBC
Aug. 29 Atlanta Falcons 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Chicago Bears 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC WEST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
DENVER BRONCOS MT NAT. TV KANSAS CITY CHIEFS CT NAT. TV
Aug. 1 vs. Atlanta Falcons+ 6:00pm NBC Aug. 10 Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 8 at Seattle Seahawks 8:00pm Aug. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 6:30pm
Aug. 19 San Francisco 49ers 6:00pm ESPN Aug. 24 San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm
Aug. 24 at Los Angeles Rams 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm            
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS PT NAT. TV OAKLAND RAIDERS PT NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm Aug. 10 at Los Angeles Rams 5:00pm
Aug. 18 New Orleans Saints 1:00pm CBS Aug. 15 Arizona Cardinals 5:00pm ESPN
Aug. 24 Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm Aug. 22 vs. Green Bay Packers# 6:00pm
Aug. 29 at San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm

 

2019 NFC EAST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
DALLAS COWBOYS CT NAT. TV NEW YORK GIANTS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 10 at San Francisco 49ers 8:00pm Aug. 8 New York Jets 7:00pm
Aug. 17 vs. Los Angeles Rams* 9:00pm Aug. 16 Chicago Bears 7:30pm
Aug. 24 Houston Texans 6:00pm Aug. 22 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:00pm Aug. 29 at New England Patriots 7:30pm
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ET NAT. TV WASHINGTON REDSKINS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Tennessee Titans 7:30pm Aug. 8 at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm Aug. 15 Cincinnati Bengals 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm Aug. 22 at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 29 at New York Jets 7:00pm Aug. 29 Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm

 

2019 NFC NORTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
CHICAGO BEARS CT NAT. TV DETROIT LIONS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Carolina Panthers 7:00pm  Aug. 8 New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 16 at New York Giants 6:30pm Aug. 17 at Houston Texans 8:00pm
 Aug.24 at Indianapolis Colts 6:00pm Aug. 23 Buffalo Bills 8:00pm CBS
Aug. 29 Tennessee Titans 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
     
GREEN BAY PACKERS CT NAT. TV MINNESOTA VIKINGS CT NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Houston Texans 7:00pm  Aug. 9 at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm
Aug. 15 at Baltimore Ravens 6:30pm Aug. 18 Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm FOX
Aug. 22 vs. Oakland Raiders# 8:00pm Aug. 24 Arizona Cardinals 12:00pm
Aug. 29 Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Buffalo Bills 6:00pm

 

2019 NFC SOUTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
ATLANTA FALCONS ET NAT. TV CAROLINA PANTHERS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 1 vs. Denver Broncos+ 8:00pm NBC  Aug. 8 at Chicago Bears 8:00pm
 Aug. 8 at Miami Dolphins 7:30pm Aug. 16 Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 15 New York Jets 7:30pm Aug. 22 at New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm            
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CT NAT. TV TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 9 Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm  Aug. 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm
Aug. 18 at Los Angeles Chargers 3:00pm CBS Aug. 16 Miami Dolphins 7:30pm
Aug. 24 at New York Jets 6:30pm Aug. 23 Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 29 Miami Dolphins 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Dallas Cowboys 8:00pm

 

2019 NFC WEST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
ARIZONA CARDINALS MST NAT. TV LOS ANGELES RAMS PT NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm Aug. 10 at Oakland Raiders 5:00pm
Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders 5:00pm ESPN Aug. 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys* 7:00pm
Aug. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 10:00am Aug. 24 Denver Broncos 6:00pm
Aug. 29 at Denver Broncos 6:00pm Aug. 29 at Houston Texans 5:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS PT NAT. TV SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PT NAT. TV
Aug. 10 Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm Aug. 8 Denver Broncos 7:00pm
Aug. 19 at Denver Broncos 5:00pm ESPN Aug. 18 at Minnesota Vikings 5:00pm FOX
Aug. 24 at Kansas City Chiefs 5:00pm Aug. 24 at Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm Aug. 29 Oakland Raiders 7:00pm

 

+–Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; Canton, Ohio     *–Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii     #–IG Field; Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada

Jags’ Marqise Lee: ‘Nick Foles is a great quarterback’

The quarterback position has been a problem area for the Jaguars for the last few years, and though their former QB Blake Bortles was able to lead the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2017, everybody knew that Jacksonville needed more from their offense.

In 2018, the lack of production from the offense was glaring, especially at the quarterback position. Bortles is out, and enter Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.

One guy who is excited about Foles being in Jacksonville is WR Marqise Lee, who purchased a Jugs machine to better prepare for the 2019 season.

“I’ve been paying attention a lot. Nick Foles is a great quarterback,” Lee said about Foles on Tuesday. “I don’t think I have to get in too much rhythm honestly. I have been on the jugs machine most of the time. I have bought one in every house that I have, no lie. As far as putting the ball in the vicinity – which I know he can do – I’ll be fine…

“Nelson Agholor(Eagles WR) has been with Nick Foles, so I got the opportunity to always talk to him about it. [Agholor] always speaks highly of him, so I already knew coming in that we wouldn’t have a problem. On top of that, when he did come in, just the mindset that he has as a vet, just how much he pushes to stay on top of everything, it was just a lot different.”

Lee is coming off a torn ACL in 2018, but he expects to be good to go in 2019.

“Rehab is great. I am doing very well,” Lee said. “I am on schedule, a little bit ahead. But I’m surely taking my time. I have no worries.”

If Foles plays like the guy we saw in the latter part of the 2017 season, Jacksonville should be excited. He played like an elite level QB during the playoffs that season, and if he can be that guy, and the defense can return to that 2017 form, Jacksonville should rebound nicely in 2019.